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Old 09-19-2008, 01:02 AM   #106
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OMIGOSH I LOVE those mickey nail stickers. And yes I just yelled that! Those are adorable.

No way are you too old. Besides arent we all kids in WDW anyway?
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OMIGOSH I LOVE those mickey nail stickers. And yes I just yelled that! Those are adorable.

No way are you too old. Besides arent we all kids in WDW anyway?
Hi, I loved the stickers too. I am really warming up to the idea of wearing them. I think I just got more childlike, I ordered 2 minnie ear headbands, one for Amy and one for me!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:41 PM   #108
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# 9 The last of the itinerary

Oct. 26th: Magic Kingdom Day 3

This will be the last look at the castle for Amy, we will see it 17 days after this day. I still can’t believe it even though I am typing it . We seriously have no impulse control. This is why I fought getting AP’s in the first place, but I digress. We are talking about the October trip, not the November one.

Goals for this day:

Haunted Mansion
It’s A Small World
Philharmagic
Snow White
Winnie the Pooh
Mickey and Minnie’s houses
Toontown Hall of Fame
Walt Disney Railroad (complete loop)

We will be leaving MK by monorail by 6pm for 2 reasons.

1) It is another MNSSHP and we don’t have tickets
2) We are having dinner with Family that night – ‘Ohana!!

Bill is excited for this one, he always wants to go to ‘Ohana. This is where the little CP man eats his own weight in meat. I am not kidding here. I have never seen him eat so much food in my life. We will take a monorail ride then back to MK to catch a bus to Pop. I hope to get an adult beverage at Petal’s and get all the packing done that night.

Oct. 27th: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Day 2

Sadly this is departure day, I hate departure day, it puts a damper on anything you do that day . We are headed back to DHS to finish up anything we didn’t do the other day. We have a late flight and will probably be getting on the Magical Express around 5pm.

I want to explore the shops because we never do this. I really want to take things in this trip. We will eat a counter service here or at Pop before getting on the plane. Once we get back to St. Louis it is about a 2 hour drive home. We get to pick up Ace the next morning so that will be something to look forward to.

So here is my itinerary all together. If anyone is at WDW at the same time and our plans are compatible, post here or PM me. I would love a quick DISer meet and Bill is up for it.

Our Itinerary



Fri. Oct. 17th - St. Louis Day

Amy, Bill, and I drive up to St. Louis to spend the night before our trip.

Sat. Oct. 18th – Arrival Day

Fly from St. Louis to Orlando, landing at 10:55am
Check in at Pop, eat lunch
Explore resort, then head to Magic Kingdom
Dinner at Tony’s Restaurant, then Spectro and Wishes

Sun. Oct. 19th – Ip Dip Day

Maybe try to meet people at rope drop or not, depends on how tired we are
Go to Epcot, Land Pavillion, things on that side of Future World
Lunch Sunshine Seasons
Dinner at Biergarten
Follow Ip-Dippers around World Showcase

Mon. Oct. 20th – Animal Kingdom Day 1


Try to make rope drop
Safari, planet watch, Pangani Forest Trail
Flights of Wonder
Lunch Flame Tree BBQ
Festival of the Lion King, Nemo Show
Bus to DTD
Dinner at Capt’n Jacks

Tue. Oct. 21st – Magic Kingdom Day 2


Sleep in
Bus to MK
Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Birds
Big Thunder Mountain, Hall of Presidents
Riverboat
Lunch at Crystal Palace
Whatever Amy wants to do
MNSSHP
Counter Service dinner

Wed. Oct. 22nd – Animal Kingdom Day 2


Character Trails
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Devine
Dinoland, Everest, Acrobats
4pm Parade
Bus to Poly
Spirit of Aloha Show 8pm

Thu. Oct. 23rd – Epcot Day 2

Soarin for FP
Nemo, Talk Turtle with Crush, Aquarium
Test Track, Ellen’s Energy
World Showcase
Miyuki, Pick a Pearl
Chinese Acrobats, Other WS stuff
Monorail to Contemporary
Chef Mickey’s

Fri. Oct. 24th – Disney Hollywood Studios

Rope Drop
Toy Story ride and get FP’s
Tower of Terror, RnRC
One Man’s Dream, Little Mermaid
Disney Animation, Indiana Jones
Star Tours, Muppets 3D
Lights, Motors, Action, Beauty and the Beast
Lunch at 50’s Prime Time Café
Fantasmic 7pm
Counter service somewhere

Sat. Oct. 25th – Epcot Day 3

Character Spot, Club Cool
Epcot 25th anniversary Gallery in Future World
Wander the World Showcase
Maybe Illuminations, maybe something else?

Sun. Oct. 26th – Magic Kingdom Day 3

Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World
Philharmagic, Snow White
Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnies Houses
Toontown Hall of Fame, Walt Disney Railroad
Leave by 5:45pm
Monorail to the Poly
‘Ohana
Rest of the night up to Amy

Mon. Oct. 27th – Disney Hollywood Studios Day 2 – Departure Day

Get up, check out, go to DHS
Great Movie Ride
Backlot Tour
Whatever we want to do again
Back to Pop by 5pm
ME to Airport
Fly to St. Louis
Drive back home

Next installment…Smokey Mountain Memories
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Bill and I had a fantastic time on Toy Story Mania in June. We can’t wait to ride it again. I have heard about the horrible lines and how you have to get a FP first thing in the morning so we are going to be there for rope drop, hopefully. Get in line and ride it then get a FP since we are going to be there all day.
Wheelchairs go in the FP queue and have to wait for the special cars so no need to get FP's or wait standby

Very cute nail stickers too
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I wish you could go, that was be so much fun!!

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Wheelchairs go in the FP queue and have to wait for the special cars so no need to get FP's or wait standby

Very cute nail stickers too
In June they had us go in the standby line, there were two ECVs in front of us. We had about a 70 minute wait, when we got closer the line broke off left to go to the stairs, right to go in the wheelchair accessible area, but I do know they keep changing how they want to do this because they didn't really leave a lot of room outside for the lines to the fast pass machines etc.
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Have you thought of getting a GAC in order to help with some of the issues with lines, etc??
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Have you thought of getting a GAC in order to help with some of the issues with lines, etc??
A GAC isn't really needed for Bill since the CM's at the front of the queues see the chair and direct us in the right area. If he needed to be out of the heat, away from crowds etc, we would definately get one.

We have been extremely lucky with the amount of time we have had in lines.
The only reason we were at Toy Story Mania for 70 minutes was it was late in the evening of one of the Star Wars Weekend nights. I had just followed him around to anything he wanted to do that day and Toy Story Mania was my only request.
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Sat. Oct. 18th – Arrival Day

Fly from St. Louis to Orlando, landing at 10:55am
Check in at Pop, eat lunch
Explore resort, then head to Magic Kingdom
Dinner at Tony’s Restaurant, then Spectro and Wishes
Add: Meet Michelle and Samantha to say hi either at MK or back at POP!
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Tracy last month they kept all the wheelchairs seperate, I think there are only 1 or 2 adapted cars so they had to wait for them to do the ride. The wheelchair that went in at the same time as us with our FP was still waiting when we had finished the ride. Just check what they're doing before hand
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Sun. Oct. 26th – Magic Kingdom Day 3

Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World
Philharmagic, Snow White
Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnies Houses
Toontown Hall of Fame, Walt Disney Railroad
Leave by 5:45pm
Monorail to the Poly
‘Ohana
Rest of the night up to Amy

Mon. Oct. 27th – Disney Hollywood Studios Day 2 – Departure Day

Get up, check out, go to DHS
Great Movie Ride
Backlot Tour
Whatever we want to do again
Back to Pop by 5pm
ME to Airport
Fly to St. Louis
Drive back home

Next installment…Smokey Mountain Memories
Tracy I'm trying to figure out how we could meet up for a mini-meet.

We fly in on Sunday....run errands and hangout at CBR until dinner time. If it's nice out we'll go to the Boardwalk/Beach Club area for the night/dinner. But if it's raining we're going to the GF for the 1900 Park Fair buffet for 5:45pm.....so we could meet up somewhere on the monorail line before/after our dinners.
Monday I have no idea what we are doing in the earlier part of the day. But POP and CBR and separated by a parking lot I think....and I have a rental car so I might be able to pop over to POP to say hi either Sunday night on Monday morning. We should at least trade cel phone numbers in case either of us thinks a meet is possible once the time comes.
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Add: Meet Michelle and Samantha to say hi either at MK or back at POP!
It has been added to the itinerary!! We would love to meet you.


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Tracy last month they kept all the wheelchairs seperate, I think there are only 1 or 2 adapted cars so they had to wait for them to do the ride. The wheelchair that went in at the same time as us with our FP was still waiting when we had finished the ride. Just check what they're doing before hand
Thanks for the info Jo , I will track down a CM when we get to TSM and see where they want us to go.

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Tracy I'm trying to figure out how we could meet up for a mini-meet.

We fly in on Sunday....run errands and hangout at CBR until dinner time. If it's nice out we'll go to the Boardwalk/Beach Club area for the night/dinner. But if it's raining we're going to the GF for the 1900 Park Fair buffet for 5:45pm.....so we could meet up somewhere on the monorail line before/after our dinners.
Monday I have no idea what we are doing in the earlier part of the day. But POP and CBR and separated by a parking lot I think....and I have a rental car so I might be able to pop over to POP to say hi either Sunday night on Monday morning. We should at least trade cel phone numbers in case either of us thinks a meet is possible once the time comes.

Hi Heidi, I know after our 'Ohana dinner on 10/26 (the ressie is around 6:30pm) we don't have concrete plans. I am sure we can figure something out. We would love to meet you.
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Smokey Mountain Memories Part 1

Hello, we are back from our trip and I thought I would do a TR about it, because that is what I do. I write meaningless things about the great places we go. (There are Disney references throughout in keeping with policy ) I will start off with the who, when, and where first.

WHO:

Tracy: 38 yrs old, Disney crazy, “pooh sized”, Bill and Ace loving fool.

Bill: 38 yrs old, Disney crazy, computer geek, has Cerebral Palsy, and is a Tracy and Ace loving fool.

Matt: Bill’s Dad, is extremely hard working, great sense of humor. Loves to laugh at how Tracy takes everything literally and has fun with it.

Marianne: Bill’s Mom, is extremely hard working and has a great sense of humor when she isn’t worrying about everything. When the Chap Stick comes out, you know she is stressed out.

Henry: Miniature Schnauzer, 5 yrs old, has no idea he is a dog at all. Snubs all dogs he meets and ignores their existence.

Ace: Jack Russell/Rat Terrier. Neurotic, furbaby that adores Bill and Tracy.

WHEN?


September 10th – September 14th 2008

HOW AND WHERE?


The Van: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan that had less than 38,000 miles on it before the trip.

The Cabin: “Radiant Glory”, the cabin that Bill’s parents have been working on for over a year. His mom has been trying to get us down there for about 3 months. The cabin is about 425 miles from our home.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way you might be wondering why I named the TR what I did. That will come in due time.

We got up the morning of the 10th, loaded up the van, and drove to the boarders. Ace knew where he was, he knew puppies were there, he started wagging his tail. I turned the van off and he was pawing my leg wanting to get out of the van. Wow he was really going to miss us wasn’t he? LOL He went right with the vet tech, no pulling to get back to us, but we did hear one little whine as we were leaving. That made me feel so guilty leaving him, then that made me feel more guilty for the up coming trips we were making as well.

We got on the road and called his mom to tell her we were on our way. She seemed to want us to call every 2 hours, but that didn’t happen. I love the drive from Southern Illinois to Tennessee. It is a very relaxing and peaceful drive. Before I knew it we were in Kentucky:



Bill and I were listening to many “be our guest” podcasts about Disney World on the way. Bill’s SIRIUS radio receiver had recently gone out and we had the replacement with us for his dad to install, so I got to listen to what I wanted to. Bill napped on and off and we went past this sign:



There was great weather until we got past Nashville, then it started raining really, really hard:



It just so happened the rain coincided with the climbing of the mountains. We were going about 35mph and could hardly see a thing. I am so glad this van is a V6, if it had been a 4 cylinder we would probably be stuck up there somewhere. The van was climbing and climbing and I started hearing a noise, a VERY loud noise. I can see Bill through the rear view mirror, we kept staring at one another. Then the smell started a burning rubber smell. I was starting to freak out. Bill and I discussed it, we pulled off at the next exit. The temperature gauge was fine, but I was worried. Bill’s dad had asked me several times if I was ok driving through the mountains. Bill’s parents own the van and all that ran through my mind was “I have torn up the van, I have screwed it up”. I pulled into a gas station and took this so Bill could see what I saw:



It was definitely not attached correctly anymore. All we could figure is that it was rubbing up against something rubber. I called Matt, he said “How is the temperature gauge?” I told him fine, he said “well then drive it” and giggled. So I did.

There was a lot of traffic going through Seiverville and at one of the many stop lights we saw this:



He was conducting a phone call, leaning against his pillow. I found it quite funny and had to share. Then we saw the “Fun Time Trolley”:



These were all over, they have routes from Seiverville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. I thought it was cute.

This trip brought back many childhood memories. My grandparents lived in Branson, MO when I was little. We went there every summer, the mountains, the neon billboards, the shops just took me back in time.

We met Matt and Marianne in Pigeon Forge next to “Mel’s Diner”. Bill’s mom got in the van with us and directed me where to go. When she said “turn here”, I didn’t want to. The road was so steep, I didn’t want to go up it . It takes about 5 minutes to get up the mountain “always staying to the right”, then I turned and saw this:



Breathtaking is the only word I could come up with. I actually gasp when I saw it for the first time.

Here is Bill and his mom, she is showing him the front of the house.



This is the view off the far end of the front deck:



I took a bunch of pictures of the house. Here is the Great Room:



The master bedroom:



Master bath:





I thought this sink was beautiful in the ½ bath down the hall from the laundry room, she had searched for months to find one she really liked:



View off the kitchen deck:



This is the outside fireplace on that deck (that is Bill’s Dad and Henry):



This was the view out of the huge windows in the Great Room:




Looking back to the entrance:



Beams in the Great Room (yes I know, I am odd):



Introducing Henry J:



Bill’s mom had stated very clearly on several occasions not to bring certain things for Bill, she would bring stuff from their house. Well guess what? She forgot it and I didn’t have it, they went to town to pick up some new things. That was it, I had been stressed about the van, then that happened and I cried a little. We hadn’t been there 15 minutes and there was a miscommunication, I was thinking it was going to be a long 5 days.

They asked us where we wanted to eat and it was time to head down the mountain. I handed Bill’s dad the keys. I didn’t have to drive again until we left for home. Red Lobster was the restaurant of choice. Henry went with us because we were told “he isn’t used to the house yet”. We parked fairly far from the entrance and went in. We had a great dinner, I was good and got a salad. We talked about our drives and then dinner was over. Bill and Marianne decided to go out to walk Henry and I waited with Matt, we came outside talking and saw Bill and Marianne hysterically laughing, we looked at each other wondering what we were missing. Well we weren’t missing anything, but the van was about to. The pitiful muffler was barely hanging on. Bill’s dad just pulled it off and put it in the back. We were all cracking up at that point. It was so loud, but we didn’t have to worry about the noise. There was a huge car show in town and muscle cars were every where. Matt said people will just think we tricked the van out, that had us all cracking up about it.

Next installment…Can KFC ever get an order right and are we supposed to be seeing anything?
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Hey Tracy! Your plans sound great! Where did you get the nail stickers? (I missed that part) So cute! And I LOVE Ace's hidden Mickey. A true Disney dog! I also love all of your craft projects. You're good! You guys are going to have such a wonderful time! And I'm so glad that you are going to get to meet up with Michelle and Sam! (A bit jealous, but glad..)
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